September 09, 2008

7 years in the making...

Tomorrow morning at 6am we leave for Grenada! 7 years in the making and tomorrow is the official beginning of our three year journey.

As I was packing today, I found a picture of the kids standing at the wheel of the first sailboat we ever stood together on as a family. The picture was taken at the 2006 Toronto Boat Show. I remember the day as if it was yesterday. I remember walking up to the Humber sailing college booth and I blurted out our dream, just as I always do and unfortunately the two fellows workin' the booth, weren't the most positive in the world. I guess in hind sight. We must of sounded crazy. We had moved to Toronto and we wanted to sign up for sailing lessons in the spring because we needed to learn how to sail since we "Were going to sail around the world!"...who could blame him for thinking we were crazy.

I remember Graham whispering not to tell anyone else. Of course anyone who knows me, knows that I don't keep secrets to well!

So here we are 7 years after Graham came home with his dream. After he came home with the book that inspired him. 7 years after he told me that we didn't have to be sailors to live this dream.

Where did the time go? Is it really happening? Are we making all the right choices? Oiyyy, my head is spinning. Some of you have asked..."How am I feeling?"...Well, I am feeling so strange. I thought it would be easier to leave. I feel worried this time around, doing this life changing thing, with my kids. I am in charge of making sure they are happy and healthy. I want to do my job 150%. I wish life had some guarantee that we will all be safe and sound.

I have to say that the chapter of our lives in Toronto, has been amazing. The people we have met and the amount we have all grown is HUGE. I think back three years ago and Graham saying to me..."Maybe we should move to Toronto"...I thought he was NUTS!!! My mom thought he was crazy. I remember her describing an inner city green space...gangs....I thought there was no way in hell I would move to Toronto.

Now here we are three years later and I can't wait to come back. The city provided us with everything we needed. Work, Good Friends, School, facilities to learn to sail, great food, great green spaces..everything. We will miss it.

I can't wait to bring you all along on this journey. I am scared. I am excited. I am worried. I am happy. I am sad. I am feeling a little lost. I am also feeling really really right. I know you all want
honesty and I am going to tell it like it is as we live our dream. Thanks so much for your support. We feel it.

Miss you all already....Julie


  1. Your journey begins and we can hardly wait to read about the adventures and hopefully join you in some of them.
    Lots of love
    Dad and Cheryl

  2. Julie and Graham, enjoy every moment, and never ever listen to my fear talk. It was just me wanting to keep you close, the whole world is out there just waiting. Like Rob said "Go get em" and I will fly out to visit no matter where you are!

  3. You guys will be fine!! I think it just takes some time to adjust to all the changes. I am sure that once you get used to the apartment you will have a hard time leaving it!